NY suspends Uber driver’s license for booting kissing women

Alex Iovine and Emma PIchl

Alex Iovine and her girlfriend Emma Pichl recorded a confrontation on a mobile phone with the man after they were allegedly thrown out his vehicle in NY on Saturday.

El Boutari told the New York Daily News that he was uncomfortable with the couple's behavior in his auto on the whole, not just with the kiss.

Speaking to the New York Post, Pichl recounted what happened, saying: "We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city".

'My girlfriend started laughing.

She said they had had two drinks at the Gowanus bar, but were far from drunk. "He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips". They said driver Ahmad El Boutari, who's 35 and lives in Brooklyn, forced them out and a confrontation ensued. "We had leaned over and peck kissed and then a couple of minutes later the driver abruptly pulled over", Iovine said. 'You can't do this in the vehicle. "You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying.

The women press him for a better explanation for cutting the ride short. We paid for a full Uber ride. The driver is seen exclaiming in the video that what the couple did is illegal. In phone video taken by one of the women, the driver says kissing in an Uber is illegal.

"Kissing is not illegal", the women protested.

The grabbie cabbie reaches for one of the women's phones to stop her from videotaping. "I would be nervous I think to kiss Emma again in an Uber", Iovine said.

The hack, who has been licensed since September 2014 and has no other active complaints against him, said he took offense to more than just the tonsil hockey. Elbotari replies, "I don't give a shit". "That's how fast it was that's why I say 'pecked'".

Elbotari said the couple were acting crude in his cab.

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"It's my own vehicle".

"It's disrespectful", the driver says. CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims.

Iovine said her reaction to the ordeal quickly went from shock to anger. Uber refunded Iovine the $22 fare and reportedly apologized to her.

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The 26-year-old also filed a complaint with the city's Human Right's Commission. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".

Iovine told the MailOnline: "Obviously, he's homophobic". "I was very surprised". I haven't experienced homophobic behaviour in the city.

A spokesman for New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission says el Boutari has been licensed since 2014, and that his license has been suspended after this incident, pending the outcome of the TLC's investigation.

To make matters worse, she said, the incident took place during a month dedicated to celebrating sexual diversity.

'It was a really awful experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC'.

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